July 2, 2015

Recovery possibilities in depth: File level Recovery

Posted by Mike Resseler

It probably has been said ten million times before but it’s worth saying again… Backup always leads to recovery and recovery should be easy. In previous posts we looked at the integration of Veeam Backup & Replication with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and already gave you some recovery options that you get with the integration. Today we are going to review the recovery options available for any end user.

Before we dive in to this, keep in mind that recovery options highly rely on the backup mode you used. For example, it not possible to recover the entire computer from your personal files backup.

Individual files

This option you can choose no matter what backup mode you have selected. Even if you use entire PC backup, you don’t need to restore everything to get a simple file back. For those of you who worked already with Veeam Backup & Replication, this restore will look very familiar.

There are three methods to start restoring files. First one is launching the wizard from the windows start screen. You need to find the File Level Restore application and open it. The second method is to right-click the notification icon, and choose Restore – Individual files. These two methods will pop up a wizard on a restore point selection step

The wizard approach is very handy when you need to recover files from other PCs backups: you can actually go one step back (by pressing the previous button) and open the Backup Location wizard’s step where you can manually specify the backup file location.

The third method is to open Veeam Endpoint Backup Control Panel and click the needed bar on the chart Once done, you will see the details of the specific backup associated with this bar and what’s more important you can start ...

July 1, 2015

Veeam Availability Suite v9, how many Storage Enhancements!

Posted by Luca Dell'Oca

The upcoming Veeam® Availability Suite™ v9 has tons of enhancements and new features, but  improvements around primary and backup storage will surely be one of the biggest parts of our next release.

We already announced a new addition in our list of supported storage arrays for our storage snapshots integration (EMC VNX/VNXe), but this isn’t the only storage news—on the contrary, there are plenty of them, and I’ll cover some of them in this post.

The first new feature we are announcing today is something I waited a long time for personally, and I suspected it was about to come when we had our first NFS client in v8 (as a part of our NetApp integration). For a long time, ...

June 24, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup integration with Veeam Backup & Replication: Additional restore options

Posted by Mike Resseler

In the previous Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE blog post we discussed the integration between Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and Veeam Backup & Replication. Besides the minimum requirements (Veeam Backup & Replication v8 with update 2) and the configuration, we also looked at addition data protection possibilities such as backup copy jobs and backup to tape jobs. Finally we looked at additional administration tasks like reviewing statistics, deleting and / or removing endpoint backup jobs and more.

Today we continue and look at probably the most important additional functionality… Additional restore options

Every restore option you have today with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE remains valid when integrating the solution with Veeam Backup & Replication, we will go ...

June 22, 2015

Replicating VMware VMs with Veeam: Everything you need to know about replica failover

Posted by Polina Vasileva

I'll wrap up my “Replication 101 series” with an overview of recovery options from VMware VM replicas available in Veeam Backup & Replication v8 (a part of Veeam Availability Suite v8). I'm going to walk you through failover basics, including planned failover and failover plans, which can help you automate disaster recovery (DR). Keep reading to learn how to safeguard your critical applications from failures and downtime.

Failing over to a VM replica

Replica failover is switching from a damaged or failed production VM to its replica on a remote location. Replicated VMs are stored in a fully functional, ready-to-use-state, so failing over requires just a few seconds to power on the VM. You don't need any additional configurations or ...

June 17, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup administration: Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication

Posted by Mike Resseler

Some time ago, we released Veeam Backup & Replication v8 Update 2. Why is this update important for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE? The answer is pretty simple – starting from Update 2 you can use a Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a backup destination. Besides using a Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a backup destination (target) you receive many more possibilities. Let’s start today with the integration, data protection tasks and the additional administration possibilities that you get.

Prepare the backup repository

Before configuring Veeam Endpoint Backup job to use a repository as backup target you need to take care of repository access permissions. I bet you don’t want your production backup repository to run out of space because ...

June 15, 2015

Veeam Customer Satisfaction Survey 2015 results

Posted by Maria Levkina

Each year, Veeam has a Customer Satisfaction Survey to gage the satisfaction levels and get the opinion of customers about Veeam products. We also identify strengths and weaknesses in the services we provide with this survey. Our most recent survey was administered from January 2015 to February 2015. We’d like to share some key results and meaningful metrics here.

Demographics of the survey

We collected 1,100+ responses from active Veeam customers from all over the world. The geographic areas of respondents include:

49% from Europe, 32% from North America,  9% from Asia, 7% from emerging markets and 2% from Latin America

Respondents held a number of roles, including 63%, who were IT managers or IT administrators.

Respondents worked at companies with a wide range of ...

June 10, 2015

Scheduling backups with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Posted by Mike Resseler

Scheduling is an important part of your backup strategy. Whether you run your backup at noon or in the middle of the night can be an important decision for you. When is your computer running and available for backup? Do you want to run it after a long day of work or before the day starts? Do you want to run it whenever you attach your backup storage or connected to the network? And how many time need to be minimum between different backups? Those of you that work with servers know that it isn’t always easy to find the right timing to perform your backups and with endpoints such as laptops and desktops it even gets more difficult.

Luckily

June 9, 2015

NEW Veeam Cloud Connect Replication coming in v9

Posted by Luca Dell'Oca

Last year, Veeam released Veeam Cloud Connect, a new technology that allows the easy creation and consumption of offsite backup repositories. It was the first solution specifically designed around Service Providers, both from a technical and business point of view. Its extreme ease of use and capabilities made it an instant success, and as of today several hundreds of service providers are offering offsite backup services based on Cloud Connect.

As a first generation technology, everyone was expecting additional capabilities in the following versions, and the most common request has always been “are you going to add replication capabilities?”.

As you can guess from the title of this post, that’s exactly what is coming in the next version!

June 4, 2015

How to optimize replication traffic with Veeam

Posted by Polina Vasileva

Recently, I blogged about how easy it is to start VMware VM replication with Veeam so you can achieve the best possible recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTPOs). Today, I want to explain how you can overcome the challenge of a heavy replication load on your network. With the assumption that your available bandwidth is limited, I'd also like to share some ways that Veeam Backup & Replication v8 can reduce replication traffic over the WAN.

Replicate onsite or offsite?

Your business goals will dictate the vSphere replication scenario that you'll need. Onsite replication is a high-availability scenario with replicas stored on the same site. An offsite scenario protects your critical data from any problems at the production ...

June 3, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE: Backup targets more explained

Posted by Mike Resseler

In this post we will go more in depth about the different scheduling and backup targets that you can use with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. In the previous post we talked about the different backup modes and now we continue in our backup wizard.

Backup Targets

Whenever we take a backup, we need to store it somewhere. Most people will have a specific preference for storing their backups and Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE supports a variety of options to meet your preferences or demands.

Local drive

This option gives you the possibility to choose between local disks or removable devices such as USB drives or FireWire drives.

We do not advice storing the backup file on the internal hard drive - whenever that ...